Red Storm Travels to the Midwest to Face Butler and Xavier

Oct. 5, 2017

Match Notes
• Watch Live (Butler Match)
• Live Stats (Butler Match)
• Watch Live (Xavier Match)
• Live Stats (Xavier Match)

QUEENS, N.Y. – Following a three-match homestand that saw St. John’s notch its first BIG EAST victory of the season, the Red Storm heads to Butler and Xavier this weekend for its second conference road trip of the year.

On Friday night at 6 p.m., the Red Storm will take on the Bulldogs at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse with the match set to be broadcast live on the Butler Bulldogs Facebook page. The following day, the Johnnies will travel to Cincinnati for a showdown with Xavier at 6 p.m. and the game can be seen for free on Xavier All-Access.

The Red Storm (9-11, 1-4 BIG EAST) played host to Villanova last night to wrap up its homestand, but the Wildcats knocked off the Johnnies in straight-sets despite 14 kills by Julia Cast. The senior currently ranks second in the conference in kills per set with 4.12 and has registered 10 or more kills in 15 matches this season. One of the best blockers in Red Storm history, Danisha Moss picked up her 400th career rejection on Wednesday night and sits at second all-time in St. John’s history for most career blocks. The Toronto product averages 1.29 blocks per set, good enough for third in the conference.

An exceptional efficient hitter in front of the net, Hanna Wagner connected on nine kills on 13 swings against the Wildcats for a .538 clip to boost the sophomore’s attacking percentage to .392 on the campaign. The Schwerin, Germany, native ranks inside the top 40 in the nation in hitting percentage and also provides an impact on the defensive end, averaging over a block per set on the season.

The Johnnies have received significant contributions on the year from a pair of newcomers from Texas, Jordan McCalla and Kayley Wood. McCalla averages 2.37 kills and Wood posts 1.97 kills per set to sit at second and fourth on the team, respectively. Senior Delaney D’Amore leads the Red Storm in the back row as the veteran has collected 11 or more digs in six of the past seven matches. Amanda Sanabia aids on the backline as the sophomore puts up 3.25 digs per set.

Butler (12-5, 2-3 BIG EAST) returns home after dropping a pair of BIG EAST road matches at Georgetown and Villanova last weekend. The Bulldogs cruised through non-conference action with a 10-2 record and has played very well at home with six wins in eight matches played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ poll, Butler currently sits in sixth place in the standings. A very talented defensive team, the Bulldogs lead the conference and rank inside the top 15 in the nation with 2.97 blocks per set and also hold opponents to a .152 hitting percentage. A 2016 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, Anna Logan averages 3.28 kills per set after missing time earlier in the season. Redshirt junior Whitney Beck is relied on both ends of the court for Butler, leading the team with 3.55 kills per set and 191 digs on the year. Butler leads the all-time series with the Red Storm 6-2, but only two of those eight matches have ended in straight-sets.

Following a 5-8 record heading into conference play, Xavier (7-11, 2-3 BIG EAST) dropped three consecutive BIG EAST matches before defeating Georgetown in four sets last Saturday night at McDonough Arena. Morgan Finn led the way for the Musketeers with 18 kills and Meredith Klare, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Tuesday, collected 29 digs in the 3-1 triumph over the Hoyas. Senior outside hitter Kristen Massa ranks top 10 in the BIG EAST with 3.36 kills per set, while Klare posts 4.47 digs per set to place the redshirt junior second in the league. The Musketeers lead the conference with 16.16 digs per set, but rank last in hitting percentage as Xavier hits at a .189 clip. Xavier has made the BIG EAST Tournament the previous two seasons, including advancing to the conference finals a season ago. The Red Storm will look for its first win in program history over the Musketeers as Xavier leads the all-time series 9-0.

The Last Meeting
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October 21, 2016
Indianapolis, Ind. (Hinkle Fieldhouse)
Red Storm Volleyball Falls at Butler
In a rematch on the road, the St. John's volleyball team was bested by Butler on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) to finish up its four-match road trip.

The Last Meeting
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October 20, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center)
St. John's Drops Road Match to Xavier, 3-1
Despite another outstanding blocking performance from the St. John's volleyball team, Xavier knocked off the Red Storm on Thursday night at the Cintas Center, 3-1 (25-19, 15-25, 25-13, 25-18).


 

 

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